A Love Story, A New Edition, and a Crowdfunding Quest—Because We’re All Weebs at Heart
Look, we’ve all been there—you’re lounging in your room that’s plastered wall-to-wall with anime and manga memorabilia, thumbing through an old visual novel, and suddenly you’re hit with a wave of nostalgia. Ah yes, good ol’ “Kimi ga Nozomu Eien.” You wish they’d bring it back, and bingo! Your wishes have been granted—well, kind of. Game developer aNCHOR is literally asking you to pay for your dreams to come true, and let’s be real, we’re probably going to.
Cash, Yen, and Stretch Goals
First of all, let’s talk numbers because I know you’re already mentally converting yen to U.S. dollars to check if you can afford both the new edition and rent this month. The goal is a cool 30 million yen, which is roughly around $201,000. At press time, they’ve already hit 21 million yen (or about $141,000), so the hype train is real.
Oh, and if you’re the type who likes bonus levels in your video games, get a load of this: There’s a stretch goal of 45 million yen (a.k.a. $302,000) for an additional non-voice-acted story on how characters Haruka and Mitsuki met. Don’t you just love lore?
Steps, Tiers, and How to Throw Your Money
Of course, crowdfunding isn’t just a one-way money sink. There are perks involved! The Muv-Luv portal has gracefully supplied a step-by-step guide in English, because they know we’ll mess it up otherwise. The campaign offers nine different reward tiers because choices are the spice of life. Or in this case, the spice of crowdfunding.
A Quick Flashback (Or Flash-forward for Newbies)
For those unaware of the cultural treasure that is “Kimi ga Nozomu Eien,” let me take you back in time like a TARDIS. Originally launched as an adult visual novel in August 2001 for PlayStation 2, Dreamcast, and PC, this game has tugged at heartstrings and fueled many a discussion about love, life, and adult themes.
In 2008, an improved version titled “Kimi ga Nozomu Eien Latest Edition” graced us with enhanced graphics and additional scenarios, because you can never have too much of a good thing. Even Degica, back in 2016, had plans for a Kickstarter for a remake of this timeless classic.
The Anchor-ing Question: Should You Back It?
You’re probably pondering the eternal question: to back or not to back? Consider this: The game is an icon. Whether it’s the emotional depth, the gripping storyline, or the occasionally saucy scenes that kept you hooked, this visual novel has had an impact that’s worth revisiting. If you’ve got some spare cash after buying the latest “Demon Slayer” Blu-rays, maybe consider chipping in to bring this classic back to life.
Why This Matters (Seriously, Why?)
Let’s pull back a second and consider why this is more than just another crowdfunding campaign. It’s a testament to the enduring allure of visual novels as a medium. It’s an opportunity to revive something meaningful from the annals of geek history. And heck, it’s a chance to see more of Haruka and Mitsuki, characters we’ve all grown to love, hate, or love to hate.
Bottom Line: Get Your Wallets Ready
In the end, this is not just about “Kimi ga Nozomu Eien”; it’s about being part of a moment in geek history. It’s about that beautiful blend of nostalgia and anticipation as you help bring a beloved narrative back to life. You could be the hero in this visual novel—well, a financial hero, but hey, we all play our roles.
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May your routes always lead to true endings and your waifus never be trash. Cheers!